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Meats With Approval


Published 1946


Explains the purposes of the federal meat inspection program and how it helps to assure wholesome, clean meat for the consumer.


Run time 15:35
Producer U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of Information, Motion Picture Service
Sponsor U.S. Department of Agriculture
Audio/Visual Sd, B&W

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Explains the purposes of the federal meat inspection program and how it helps to assure wholesome, clean meat for the consumer. Shows the steps of inspection from live animals through slaughterhouse and cannery, and explains how it is administered and what it means to the consumer in terms of health and safety.

Ken Smith notes: Triumphant horns blare as we see a typical American family at the dinner table, dad sinking his carving knife into a massive, dripping hunk of unindentified meat. But don't shrug your shoulders and moan, "Oh, it's just another dull how-to-cook-a-roast film." This is the story of the U.S. government meat inspection system!
A narrator-in-a-drum quickly guides us through meat's unsavory early twentieth century history, if only that we might better appreciate the wonderful present, where nearly every slab of beef, pork or mutton we buy is graced with the "little purple circle of wholesomeness...backed by Uncle Sam himself."
There's a decent amount of fun footage in this film: recently slaughtered cattle, dangling by their feet on the slaughterhouse carcass line, their meaty skulls bobbing as they dangle from neck cartilege; meatpacking assembly processes, where gooey organs and slithering sausages abound; and lots of shots of USDA inspectors in white lab coats and snap-brim hats, "highly trained experts" who use their sense of touch -- we see them fondling cattle lymph glands still in the carcasses -- to detect illness. One strange scene shows the inspectors rapidly poking hams with metal probes and then sniffing them as they're yanked free.
What's the result of all this activity? "The places where the meat we eat are processed are models of cleanliness!" boasts the narrator. Why? Because "the health of every citizen is important to the continued greatness of America!"

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Reviews

Reviewer: JayKay49 - - May 25, 2013
Subject: Great Job to Have Kiddies
Government job with all the bennies and unlikely even in your lifetime to ever be eliminated....even if it winds up a private enterprise (which it never will). A little messy but lots of "clean jobs" too.

Very good film that demonstrates all the stuff involved in meat inspecting...probably the only government process that can be considered successful. This is a good film to show to 9th or 10th graders. It shows that even a dodo could become employed in this area. Not too many of those guys are veterinarians.

I bet today these inspections add a dollar and a half a pound to every piece of meat.


Reviewer: Spuzz - - November 7, 2003
Subject: Vegetarians, skip this review!
Another one of these films that sort of creep up on you with innocent images at first (family eating dinner) then gets REALLY graphic. Fellow readers may have noticed on some film reviews (and if you had, you're uh, really on the ball!) I've moaned that some cow and beef films seem to skip the slaughterhouse scenes. Not this one. This film, which focuses on meat inspectors, takes us from the just killed cow, examining the head (ugh) the viscera (double ugh) and other charming parts of the cow's anatomy. Although doing a great service, I have NO idea who this movie was made for. Not for the Saturday afternoon matinee, that's for sure. Strictly for those people who like their meat dishes as big as the family seem to have on their table later on in the film.
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